Requiem for an Old Arizona Heavyweight
KINGMAN — Some of the old cowboy movie stars achieved fame for their ability to ride a horse, whup bad guys or strum the guitar and sing a song. But Andy Devine was not particularly skilled in any of those categories. He was best known for his raspy voice (the result of a childhood accident that damaged his vocal cords), his size (he once weighed in at 358 pounds) and his role as Jingles P. Jones, saddle pal of Wild Bill Hickock as portrayed by Guy Madison on television and in the movies.
Although born in Flagstaff, Devine is considered a local boy in Kingman because he spent most of his youth here. So they honored him during his life, and still remember him long after his death. A major thoroughfare was renamed Andy Devine Avenue in 1955, and the Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce presents Andy Awards each year to outstanding citizens.
His memory is also kept alive in an exhibit in the Mohave Museum of History and Arts that features the big cowboy star in old photos, movie posters and clippings. The museum is at 400 West Beale Street.
Enjoy your post! Miss my home state Arizona, keep up the good work!
For the last 29 years an organization called the Kingsmen have put on the Andy Devine Days P.R.C.A. rodeo in September. We have been graced with Dorothy Devine, and Tad Devine being able to make it to the rodeo. As well as a lot of world class Cowboys and Cowgirls from the W.P.R.A. I have been honored to be a part of every single one of those years. Look forward to many more years.
I remember Andy used to come into the Richard’s Market in Newport. Beach to grocery shop in the late 60’s when I worked there. Quiet man, nice guy.